Shakespeare Company tackles ‘Dr. Faustus’
DANIEL JAY in the Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company’s “Doctor Faustus,” opening Thursday.
The Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company is settled in as artists in residence at Sonoma Valley High School, and will be launching its third show of the fall season this week. Just in time for Halloween, the eerie tale of “Doctor Faustus” comes to Sonoma, opening Thursday, Oct. 11.
Written by Christopher Marlow, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, “Doctor Faustus” is the story of a man who grows increasingly obsessed with learning the secrets of the universe. His obsession becomes madness when he makes a deal with the devil to trade his soul for the information he seeks.
The show opens for preview on Thursday, Oct. 11, and runs Oct. 12, 19 and 27, and Nov. 1, with all shows set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The show joins the lineup for the Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company’s inaugural season, which also includes “As You Like It” and “Julius Caesar.” The season runs through Nov. 3, with the shows performed in repertory so audiences can enjoy multiple shows in the same weekend.
The Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company was founded by Artistic Director Aidan O’Reilly, a Sonoma native and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
“As You Like It” can be seen Oct. 14 and 21; and Nov. 3. “Julius Caesar” runs Oct. 13, 18, 20 and 25; and Nov. 2. Throughout the entire season, shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday take place at 7:30 p.m.; while Sunday matinees are set at 2 p.m.
Each show will begin with live music from local musicians. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and must be purchased at the door.